Clinical Instructor Julianne Nemes Walsh has been appointed to the Massachusetts Action Coalition (MAAC), Advanced Practice Project Team to review the role of the Advanced Practice Nurse. She will be a part of one of 12 project teams to work on a comprehensive statewide approach to increase the quality and quantity of nurses in the commonwealth.
Massachusetts applied to the RWJF/AARP’s Center to Champion Nursing in America (CCNA) to become an action coalition and was officially designated as such in September 2011. As part of a national effort called the FUTURE OF NURSING: Campaign for Action, MAAC is working to implement the recommendations published in the landmark Institute of Medicine (IOM) report. In collaboration with RWJF, the IOM report focused on transforming health care through a more highly educated nursing workforce.
Over the past year, the MAAC created teams to address the priorities identified in their application which focused on seamless academic progression, statewide adoption of the MA Nurse of the Future Nursing Core Competencies (NOFNCC©), scope of practice issues and analyzing workforce data for planning. Recently, MAAC applied for and were awarded a RWJF Academic Progression in Nursing (APIN) two-year grant as one of nine state action coalitions.